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Doug Uphoff

Doug Uphoff farms between Shelbyville and Findlay, raising corn and soybeans.

5/19/2017

To plant or to replant, that is the question. We decided to plant beans, then when we finish, we will replant some corn and spot in some beans. Corn stands are spotty or just not there on lighter soils or where water stood. Beans we planted ahead of the 10 inches of rain are going to make it somehow, but ponds will need to be redone. Corn planted south of Route 16 is all being replanted. Corn we planted in wet conditions has a perfect stand, and what we planted in perfect soil conditions looks terrible. I know the treatment on the seed beans is the only thing that saved them in the three weeks it took them to come up. We will get caught up eventually, so be careful out there.

5/12/2017

No report this week.

5/5/2017

Take everything I reported last week and throw it in the trash. Rain of epic proportions has covered Shelby County and much of the surrounding area. I am sure none of the beans I planted are going to come up, and a lot of the corn is going to have to be replanted. I've never seen fields flooded this bad in this area. The erosion that it has caused is terrible. We had just built a new waterway on a farm, and I'm sure it's gone by now. Who says you need a drought in the Midwest to cause a crop failure. That is all for now. A total of 9 inches of rain in the last couple of weeks.

4/28/2017

We finished corn last Monday (April 24) and started planting beans that afternoon. We had a couple of good bean planting days and already put 42 percent of the beans in before the rain came. Last Wednesday evening, we had between .8 of an inch and 1 inch of rain. Our first-planted corn has emerged and looks good. All the beans we had planted were sprayed with pre-emergent herbicide.